February 28, 2014
With the amount of storms 2014 has produced thus far the tracking system that provides us the data has been critical intelligence. As recipients of this technology end users can under estimate the technology that aggregates and information that is then used to determine the weather. The big ticket item called Joint Polar Satellite System’s Common Ground System is “Storm-tracking NOAA satellite system gets a technology boost” for upgrades.
Major defense contractor, “Raytheon said today that it has booked $185 million in new business for the Joint Polar Satellite System’s Common Ground System. The JPSS, a collaborative system between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA, is a polar-orbiting environmental system designed to both track storms and other weather events and take and send back to Earth imagery showing changes in the planet’s environment over time.
“Currently, the contract for the JPSS ground control system is worth $1.7 billion, and the contract modifications mean the system is getting a set of upgrades and updates meant to boost operational and data availability, Raytheon said in a release, as well as faster data delivery, information assurance, and automated mission management,” reports CNET.
The advanced technologies orbiting our planet gathering GPS and data intelligence is of vital security. The increased emphasis on data acquisition can be a blackhole of continued advancement as the need for upgrades is optimal to maintain relevance. This system supports the “U.S. Department of Defense’s Meteorological Satellite Program, as well as the similar organizations in Europe and Japan; the National Science Foundation; and NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation program.” The nexuses between energy, emissions, environment and climate has connectivity to the weather patterns.